Racial abuse against Indian players Jasprit, Mohammed Siraj disrupts game; 6 people removed from SCG stands

January 10, 2021

Sydney, Jan 10: Australia were 312/6 at tea on the fourth day of the third Test against India, extending their overall lead to 406 runs on Sunday.

Play was halted for a few minutes on the fourth day after the visiting players complained of abuse from the crowd at the Sydney Cricket Ground here on Sunday.

It was a day after a drunk spectator at the SCG allegedly directed racial abuse at Indian players Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. The BCCI has lodged a complaint with the ICC.

During the second session of the fourth day on Sunday, India players huddled in the centre after Siraj, standing at the square leg boundary, complained of abuse after being hit for two consecutive sixes by Cameron Green in his over.

However, play resumed after some spectators are asked to leave following complaints of abuse.

Six people were removed from the stands after Mohammed Siraj alerted the umpires and his team-mates to further abuse from the crowd following day three's allegations of racial abuse directed at India players.

Tim Paine was batting on 39, while all-rounder Cameron Green was dismissed just before the break at 84.

Brief scores:
India 1st Innings: 244 all out
Australia: 338 and 312/6 in 87 overs 

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February 16,2021

Bengaluru, Feb 16: Karnataka government on Tuesday decided to reopen schools across the state for students of class 6 to 8 on February 22. However, schools in Bengaluru Urban and Kerala borders will only be open for 8th standard students.

The Department of Public Instructions announced this decision on Tuesday after holding a meeting with the state Covid-19 technical advisory committee.

Considering that several nursing students who returned from Kerala have tested positive for Covid-19, the Department has decided not to open classes below 8 in both Bengaluru Urban and districts bordering Kerala.

However, the Department will have another round of meeting with the technical advisory committee on February 24 or 25 to discuss reopening of schools for class 1 to 5.

Speaking to reporters, State Primary and Secondary Education Minister S Suresh Kumar said, "We will wait for the health department survey on the students returned from Kerala tested positive for Covid-19 before taking any decision further."

However, it is compulsory for students returning from Kerala or bordering districts to submit Covid-19 negative report to attend schools.

The attendance is not mandatory and students can opt for online or offline classes and must submit a consent letter from parents.

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February 24,2021

New Delhi, Feb 24: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday confirmed detection of two new variants of novel coronavirus, other than the Brazilian, UK and South African, in at least three Indian states.

The variants, AN440K and E484Q have been found circulating in a few districts of Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana, it said. The ministry's confirmation comes against the backdrop of Maharashtra and Kerala reporting an upsurge in Covid-19 cases, and both states accounting for more than 75 per cent of overall active caseload of the country, as of Tuesday.

"The genome sequencing of positive patients has confirmed two variants which are detected in a larger number other than the one dominating in the country. They are found circulating in Maharashtra, Kerala and Telangana," Dr V.K. Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog and head, National Task Force on Covid-19, said.

While Paul said that no causal link between them and the outbreak in the two states have been established so far, he did not rule out the possibility in future.

"This is a work in progress," he said, adding that the transmissibility and tendency to cause a more severe disease, thereby leading to an increase in deaths, by these variants is being studied.

"So far, the variants cannot be attributed to the uptick of the infection a few states have been witnessing in the country. There is no current evidence for us to believe that these are responsible for upsurge of the outbreak in some of the districts of Maharashtra and Kerala despite being found there," Paul said.

Indian Council for Medical Research Director General, Dr Balram Bhargava, also clarified that these two virus strains have been detected in other countries as well and are not specific to India.

"Moreover, they have been found earlier in some states in India. The E484Q strain was earlier detected in four sequences in Maharashtra as early as March and July 2020. The N440K mutation has been reported on 13 different occasions between May and September 2020 in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Assam. The current upsurge in Maharashtra cannot be attributed to the currently discussed point mutations," he added.

Paul assured that the government is constantly monitoring the behaviour of the mutations in the country and all over the world too.

Meanwhile, the ministry said that the count of people infected from the South African variant has risen to six, against four last week. However, the number of patients infected by the UK and Brazil variants has not changed in the duration. The tally of patients infected from imported variants of novel coronavirus has reached 194 in the country.

Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research found as many as 192 cases of Covid-19 affected by the new variants of mutated SARS-CoV-2 in the last two months including four from the variant that emerged in South Africa and one from Brazil variant of the virus. The remaining 187 were found infected by the UK variant.

Meanwhile, the ministry did not specify the states that reported cases with these foreign variants. While the UK variant is known to spread faster, the South African one is associated with a high severity of disease.

The ministry said that the situation is being constantly monitored. "As further scientific evidence emerges, it shall be duly shared," it added.

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February 24,2021

Sensex zooms 1,030 points, Nifty tops 14,950 at closing | Deccan Herald

Mumbai, Feb 24: Equity benchmark indices jumped by nearly 2 per cent on Wednesday with banking and financial stocks gaining substantial ground.

The BSE S&P Sensex closed 1,030 points or 2.07 per cent higher at 50,782 while the Nifty 50 advanced by 274 points or 1.86 per cent to 14,982.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), trading in all segments remained halted for several hours due to a technical problem. As a result, trading at both the stock exchanges was extended.

Except for Nifty IT, which slipped marginally, all sectoral indices were in the green zone with Nifty private bank gaining by 3.8 per cent, financial services by 3.4 per cent and PSU bank by 2.8 per cent.

Private banks gained substantially after the Finance Ministry allowed private sector banks for government related transactions.

Among stocks, HDFC Bank advanced by 5.3 per cent to Rs 1,611.05 per share. Axis Bank was up by 5.1 per cent, ICICI Bank by 3.8 per cent and Kotak Mahindra Bank by 2.4 per cent.

State Bank of India ticked up by 3 per cent and Bajaj Finance by 3.3 per cent. Coal India gained by 5.2 per cent to Rs 144.10 per share while infrastructure major Larsen & Toubro gained by 2.5 per cent.

The other major gainers were HDFC and UltraTech Cement. However, those which lost were UPL, Dr Reddy's, Sun Pharma, Cipla, JSW Steel, Tata Motors and Asian Paints.

Meanwhile, Asian equities opened lower on concerns about rising interest rates and rich equity valuations.

South Korea's Kospi shed 2.45 per cent on valuation nerves while Japan's Nikkei 225 was down by 1.61 per cent on profit booking in tech shares.

Hong Kong shares slumped by 2.99 per cent, the most in nine months, on stamp duty hike.

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